This morning in Fuengirola Spain beach walkers were shocked to see Man O War jelly fish washed up in numbers on the beach.
Luke Prothero walking his dog Hugo contacted the Euro Weekly News to inform us of the small invasion and to warn others.
Winter swimming is popular along the Costa del Sol coastline and a swimmers nightmare is jelly fish but Man O War jelly fish are most feared.
The man o’war which not strictly a jellyfish but a floating colony of microscopic hydrozoans has tentacles that can reach 30 yards long and are barbed with a sting that typically cause painful welts lasting up to three to 5 days although in some cases the sting can cause an allergic reaction and heart failure.
Even when washed up on the sand the long tentacles still contain the dangerous venom.
Residents living in Spain’s Fuengirola were grateful as beach workers soon cleared up the area of the dangerous species and Richard Johns from Torreblanca hills said ” it seems the warm waters at his time of year are seeing jelly fish early and swimmers need to be aware as these type of jelly fish have large tentacles that can really sting badly and are hard to spot in the water, dogs walkers need to take care as well as inquisitive dogs can be stung badly even by washed up ones, although the beach workers are fantastic here and soon clean them up”